The list of things to do and enjoy in Aruba seems overwhelming for a newbie like me. I'm there for 2 weeks but it still doesn't seem like enough time to do everything if I still want time for R and R. I plan on spending time on the beach, by the pool, shopping at some stores, possibly going on the Black Pearl if you guys think it's worth it, checking out some casinos, possible one of the bus tours (can't recall the names but you go place to place and drink?), doing a tour with Bully and I can't decide what else. Some of the things I may do are dependent on me finding a good babysitter for my baby.
This got me thinking that if I could only do 5 things while I was there besides go to the beach or laze by the pool, what would they be?
So I'd like to know your list of the top 5 things that are a can't miss while in Aruba besides the beach and pool?
The helicopter tour sounds cool. I forgot about that. I think Lisa said her daughter was scared but they made her go to conquer her fear and she ended up loving it? I think that's what I read. I would love to do that but again, it depends on babysitter or if one of us decides not to go. I'm not sure how many can go at one time anyhow or how much it costs. I suppose like anything else, many different companies offer the tour and I need to figure out which one to go with? Which one was it you used again lisa?
1. Snorkeling, alone or as part of a tour (or even a resort course for diving)
2. Watch a sunset from the beach ( I try to do this every night)
3. Hike to the top of Hoiberg (no need to hit the gym after that)
4. Natural Pool, preferably with a tour group (Natural beauty of that side of the island is breathtaking)
5. Explore the island and meet a few people
I have never been on a horse but it has always been a romantic notion of mine. Somehow in my daydreams I become the beautiful woman in the Bond film, Casino Royale, and I effortlessly gallop on a white stallion across the sandy beach....in reality, I'd probably fall off and break my arm. Do you have to have previous riding experience to do this in Aruba?
they are use to having beginners in their groups. the horses are very use to doing this with beginners. as long as you let them know up front that you are a beginner(they will ask) and tell them if you are nervous about it....they will match you with a babysitter horse and guide you through how to steer and stop the horse. it really is an amazing experience.....trotting thru the water...going in deeper and deeper until your feet are in the water......it is an experience of a lifetime. i went out with both ranches and i can safely recommend them to any beginners. the beach ride is with el paseo ranch and the coast/gold mine ride was with la ponderosa.
Natural Pool, Depalm Island, Eagle Beach..................ARUBA, what's not to like.
My first time was last year and I had a full schedule.
Top 5 for me would be:
ABC Tour of the Island (MUST ASK FOR ROCKY) - He goes above and beyond and the personality............not to be compared.
Snorkel at De Palm Island
Madaame Janette's Restaurant
Sunrise at The California Lighthouse (preferably with a breakfast cocktail). You must also catch the sunset during the same day. The sun just melts into the ocean and don't look away because it take only a few minutes and its gone.